By Ken Stone on Apr 29, 2015 05:00 am
Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman is gunning to crack the “code of silence” some think permeates the SDPD. But what about the City Council’s own self-imposed gag order?
After a council vote to settle two lawsuits with victims who allege sexual abuse by San Diego police officers (at a tab of $1.56 million), Councilman David Alvarez released a statement: “The actions that led to this settlement sicken me, and if I was at liberty to talk about them, I think the public would agree we need to face this problem head on and hold management accountable.”
VOSD’s Catherine Green and Liam Dillon gathered all we know. Alvarez also declined in March to talk about disgraced ex-cop Christopher Hays and the suits he spawned.
“He said a federal report on SDPD, which was released around the same time, gave him ongoing concerns about how supervisors handle potential misconduct by patrol officers,” they wrote.